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Local man sentenced to decades in prison for sexually assaulting child, recording it

  • By PAUL CUNO-BOOTH Sentinel Staff
  • Updated 

A Hinsdale man was sentenced to 20 to 50 years in state prison, after pleading guilty to charges that he recorded himself sexually abusing a girl under the age of 10.

Keith N. Morrissette, 53, pleaded guilty Monday to manufacture of child sexual abuse images, aggravated felonious sexual assault and possession of child sexual abuse images.

Cheshire County Superior Court Judge David W. Ruoff sentenced Morrissette to consecutive sentences of 10 to 30 years on the first charge and 10 to 20 years on the second charge. On the third charge, Morrissette received a suspended sentence of 7½ to 15 years.

Morrissette was arrested in June, after Hinsdale police and the inter-agency N.H. Internet Crimes Against Children Task Force searched his home and vehicle.

After searching Morrissette’s iPad and cellphone, investigators found thumbnail images of him sexually assaulting a young girl, according to an affidavit written by Hinsdale Police Chief Todd A. Faulkner. The images resulted from a since-deleted video recorded on the iPad, Faulkner wrote.

Court documents indicate the girl was between the ages of 7 and 9 at the time prosecutors say Morrissette assaulted her.

Authorities began investigating Morrissette in February 2017, after Google told the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children about a video displaying child sexual abuse that had been uploaded to the Internet.

Police later linked the upload to Morrissette’s IP address, according to Faulkner’s affidavit.

The image-possession charge stemmed from a separate video Morrissette had of two prepubescent children engaging in sexual conduct.

Morrissette was held at the Cheshire County jail for 245 days before his plea and sentencing, according to court documents.

Paul Cuno-Booth can be reached at 352-1234, extension 1409.